Evening Express

The 12th man – boss says Aberdeen need fans ‘more than ever’

Dons fans at Burnley

Boss Derek McInnes has challenged the Dons to go “full tilt” against Rangers – but wants the Red Army to help.

With Rangers coming to Pittodrie McInnes has called for the Reds to reproduce the levels shown against Burnley.

Aberdeen pushed Premier League Burnley into extra-time in the Europa League before losing 3-1 to go out 4-2 on aggregate.

McInnes was impressed by both his players and the 2,400 members of the travelling support at Turf Moor.

He has called for them to come together tomorrow in a bid to get the Premiership campaign off to a winning start.

He said: “At Pittodrie (against Burnley) our supporters turned out and gave us the backing we have not had before.

“It was outstanding. Everyone is talking about that atmosphere at Pittodrie.

“We then went down to Burnley and our supporters gave everything again.

“They saw the players give everything over the two legs.”

Aberdeen failed to beat Rangers in four Premiership meetings last season.

McInnes is determined for that barren run to end tomorrow in Steven Gerrard’s first league game as Ibrox manager; and with Pittodrie set to be packed, he reckons the Red Army can give Aberdeen an edge.

He said: “We need our supporters more than ever.

“There is a lot of drain from a game like that, against Burnley.

“It is both a physical and mental drain as so much has been used.

“We have to be ready to go full tilt again tomorrow.

“When we are in that frame of mind and as physically imposing as we have been in the last two games, we are difficult to play against, as Burnley saw in the last two games.”